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Santa comes early to SVHS


AID TOWNSHIP — Santa Claus sat with Mrs. Claus Saturday, first one child on his lap and then another. Had they all been good this year?

Well of course, and each child was ready with that all-important list too.

The Symmes Valley High School Band offered Breakfast With Santa Saturday, providing an opportunity for the band to raise funds for operational expenses throughout the year and a chance, too, for kids to get a little face time with the jolly fat man who, in a few weeks, will be coming down their chimneys.

“This is a big community event,” band director Robert Mann said. “And it’s our big fall fundraiser.”

The band hopes to use some of the money for a trip to Hershey and Gettysburg, Penn., next spring.

“It would be a great reward for the kids. They’ve earned it. And the band boosters have been active. We’ve got a great group of band parents. The band is really a family thing.”

Autumn Arthur, who is 6, asked Santa for a doll house, a Mrs. Claus doll “… and candy,” she added with a big grin on her face.

Meredith Humphries, who is 8, wants an American Girl doll.

Mrs. Claus said some kids weren’t picky at all.

“Some said it didn’t matter, “they’d be happy with) just anything,” she said. And some kids offered a somber reminder that things some kids take for granted are actually on another child’s wish list.

“Some kids asked for blankets,” Santa said. But others were more interested in those high-tech gadgets. “Some said they wanted iPods and MP3 players.”

After breakfast, those with full tummies were invited to browse the craft tables or play games.